Declarations Handbook 2013

Cover of the Declarations Handbook 2013

The Declarations Handbook serves as guidance for the preparation of declarations to be submitted by States Parties in accordance with the requirements of the Convention. The Declarations Handbook is a nonbinding document which provides practical support to States Parties on how to report the information on declarable facilities and activities, thereby ensuring that these are effectively brought under the purview of the Convention’s verification regime.

Having considered the views and comments received from the States Parties since 2008 the Secretariat has updated the previous version of the Declarations Handbook and published the December 2013 version incorporating relevant decisions and reports agreed upon by the Secretariat and OPCW policy-making organs.

The 2013 version of the Declarations Handbook updates the sections of the Handbook related to declarations under Article VI of the Convention, i.e. Section A, Section B and Section C and relevant appendices. This version also provides a more detailed guidance on each form and two additional annexes: Annex C on resolving transfer discrepancies and Annex D on the relevant decisions and reports agreed upon by the Secretariat and OPCW policy-making organs. In addition, this 2013 version incorporates examples related to common problems identified in Article VI declarations and the recommendations to States Parties on how to avoid these problems.

Although the Declarations Handbook is a reference document the States Parties are strongly encouraged to make extensive use of it.